Gangneung, Republic of Korea
Saturday 18 February 2017
With two of the top four teams sitting out the session, including undefeated leaders Korea, Saturday (18 February) afternoon’s fourth session of men’s round-robin play was a chance for others to close in on the top-of-the-table.
Switzerland could join Korea at the top, but their 6-9 loss to USA stopped that. However, Norway’s 7-3 win over Turkey put them into a clear second place, having played one more game than Korea.
In their game against Turkey, Norway scored three points in the fifth end to take a 4-1 lead into the break. Another score of three in the seventh end proved to be the decisive blow as they sealed their third win.
Switzerland were unbeaten as they faced USA, but it was USA who took the early advantage. After blanking the first end, they scored one point in the second and followed that up with a steal of three points in the third. A single point steal by the Swiss in the seventh end brought them to within one point of USA but a further three points by the Americans in the eighth end saw them on the way to their 9-6 win. They are now in a four-way tie for third place.
Italy faced China in a game that was tight all the way. The teams were level at 1-1 after two ends and at 4-4 after six ends. The score was levelled again (5-5) after the eighth end. China then blanked the ninth end to retain the all-important last stone advantage into the tenth. With the last stone of the game, Chia skip Zhi Yu Wang was heavy, handing a steal of one point and a 6-5 victory to Italy – who became one of the four teams, along with USA, tied in third place on two wins.
In the fourth game of the session, Sweden faced Scotland with both teams looking for their first win.
A trio of scores of two points by the Scots, in the third, fifth and seventh ends, kept them in control throughout this game, and when Sweden’s skip Johan Nygren was heavy with his last effort of the tenth end, the Scots took one point from the end and their first victory so far. They won 8-6, without their skip Cameron Bryce having to play his last stone.
They said it
Magnus Ramsfjell; skip, Norway (after 7-3 win over Turkey): “It was [a slower start]. I guess they had some good ends and we struggled a bit in the start. We got the lead and we felt we could play at that point especially after the fourth end. We played really well and were pretty sure we could get it.”
Cameron Bryce; skip, Scotland (after 8-6 win over Sweden): “It’s good to get our first win on the board. We played the way we know we can there. We made a few changes pre-game – we changed our warm-up a bit and just eased ourselves into it and got ourselves into the zone a bit better. We started off a lot stronger. We cut out all the misses we’ve had in the last couple of games, and we’re looking more convincing.”
Fabio Ribotta; vice skip, Italy (after 6-5 win over China): “It was a tight game. We were in the semi-finals in group B in Oestersund, and they beat us and we know that they are a really precise team. Today, we played our best game since group B. At [the] half they scored three and we got a bit down but we just went straight to two and went for it.”
Results men's session four: Turkey 3-7 Norway; Sweden 6-8 Scotland; China 5-6 Italy; USA 9-6 Switzerland
Standings after men’s session four (W-L):
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